Characterizing the Rate of Spread of Wildfires in Emerging Fire Environments of Northwestern Europe

March 9, 2022 3:22 pm

Source: https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2022-47

Characterizing the Rate of Spread of Wildfires in Emerging Fire Environments of Northwestern Europe
Victor Mario Tapia, Santiago Monedero, Kerryn Little, Sergio de-Miguel, Cathelijne Stoof, and Adrián Cardíl
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https//doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2022-47,2022
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This study aims to better understand fire behavior in northwest Europe, a temperate region with a projected increase in wildfire risk. We propose a new method to identify wildfire rate of spread from satellites. Results indicate that there is a peak in the area burned and rate of spread in the months of April and May. Knowledge of wildfire rate of spread is important for evaluating periods of elevated fire risk, available suppression methods, as well as land management strategies.

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